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for the environmentalist fire. gives president obama an excuse, maybe you don't need to do the keystone pipeline. president obama has a war on fossil fuels. we need to combat this to get come mop sense policy. melissa: tom borelli, always the media's fault. >> what am i doing here. melissa: thank you so much. time for today's fuel gauge report. u.s. oil production hit a 20-year high according to new data from the energy department. u.s. output last week, surpassed 7 million barrels per day. that is up nearly 20% from the same period last year. >>> venezuela's supreme court says hugo chavez can delay his gnawing race. -- inauguration. he was scheduled to take the oath for his fourth term as president tomorrow but he remains in havana, cuba. he is sufficient iring severe health complications following his fourth cancer-related surgery last month. >>> transcanada the builder of the keystone pipeline, is announcing plans for a $5 billion natural gas pipeline. it will extend to western canada to a liquified gas terminal on the pacific coast. it is expected to be operating in the year 2018 pending approval from
action so barack obama wouldn't need the congress to push through whatever he would do by executive action. but the second amendment happens to be an amendment to the u.s. constitution, so it's tough to mess with that via executive action and there are political risks to the president in doing anything without the congress. you know, he could blame others and say it wasn't just me, i had a bipartisan majority with me on this. >> well, look, there are things -- we have a lot of gun laws in the united states. a lot of them are not rigorously enforced. atf turned into something of a paper tiger. there can be things from an existing law standpoint, how things are, tightened down. and if the president starts issuing executive orders and doing things relates to firearms, what will happen, he will further polarize the discussion and the likelihood of anything happening grows more and more remote and they think congress-- the imagine moment when people were awake to the sort of epidemic of mass shootings, and we have a lower murder rate, but we've seen this incredible spike in these mass sh
a campus shooting. >>> now the pentagon believes some u.s. troops need to stay to keep an eye on al qaeda. president barack obama meets with ahmed wali karzai at the white house on friday. >>> the venezuela lend -- venezuela president hugo chavez is recovering from surgery. he was scheduled to be sworn in but venezuela president hugo chavez will have to be sworn in at a later date as he recovers following cancer surgery. this violates venezuela's constitution. >>> they are looking to join or block a lawsuit. they received $122 billion bailout and now former aig executives is suing the government saying the bailout deal was unfamiliar to share holders. some compare it to being a day of and being sued for saving the life of a patient. >>> it is the second incident with a boeing 747 in two days. that is after it leaked fuel and they will not look into the leak calling a maintenance issue not an accident but they are looking into a fire that happened the day before. >>> let's they can in with sal, are you keeping an eye out, and of the lanes you can see golden gate is helping out with that an
. barack obama is very liberal. we need to go with the majority of the people in the country. and we have to break the cultural silence. >> jennifer: right. that's what we're going to talk about next with cenk uygur. christine thank you so much for coming inside "the war room." and all of the writing you are doing on this as well. rape is a big and underreported problem, as christine mentioned in subenville ohio two high school football players are going to go on trial next month for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl last september. cenk uygur comes to was the latest. i know we're going to talk about what you are going to have on your show, but since you have been covering this particular case, rapes happen every day in america and they often get no press. why is this story garnering so much at attention. >> honestly because anonymous jumped into the fray here. >> jennifer: tell people who anonymous is. >> it's a group that works largely online and hide their identity and to some degree they are a vigilantly group, and they do do hacking from time to time, and in th
. look, republicans, i guess that you're the party of limited government. we're not talking about obama care here. this was two paragraphs giving aid to people in need. you guys couldn't bring yourself to vote for it because of some stupid principle you yourselves only occasionally live by. here's the thing. if you can't vote for them, i'm not saying you're responsible for all the problems facing our country but you sure are making - ( cheers and applause ) >> jon: welcome back. our guest is a fine, fine actress. her new film is les miserables. ♪ i dreamed a dream in time gone by ♪ ♪ when hope was high and life was was worth living ♪ ♪ i dreamed of love that would never die ♪ ♪ i dreamed it would be forgiving ♪ >> jon: she's very talented. please welcome back to the show ann hathaway. ( cheers and applause ) >> wow! jon: thank you so much for being here >> thank you. ( cheers and applause ) thank you for being back on the air. >> jon: we're delighted. i'm delighted to be back. we missed it. i just spent the whole time in my underwear yelling at the tv. >> you too? jon: i
in late 2001 and soon cia was able to deploy them without need for military backup. president obama inherited the program from his predecessor but greatly expanded it. today the white house addressed claims from countries like afghanistan and pakistan who say the strikes have killed several hundred innocent civilians. >> we endeavor to reduce civilian casualties as much as possible. and i think that the broader record here of success in taking the fight to al qaeda is one that has made the united states safer. >> there have been at least six u.s. drone strikes conducted already this year, shep. >> shepard: james, the president and john brennan say the drone program is illegal. >> yes. and they have erected all kinds of elaborate legal justifications for carrying out the strikes. the goal of all of that lawyering was to shield the u.s. from challenges under international law. but civil liberty advocates don't buy that drones are used decisions against combatants. >> the use of drones may be more precise than bombardment, but that isn't the right question that we should be asking. the
of the 9/11 attacks. i thought the country was facing a perilous moment and needed new leaders. i thought i could do my part in iraq and afghanistan. as i watched the drift in washington in the first two years of the obama administration, i thought again we face a perilous moment. this time it's the debt crisis we face. when our incumbent congressman announced his retirement i thought i could perhaps provide some of that leadership here in washington. i wanted come to washington and fight for the same freedoms here that i did in iraq and afghanistan. >> some of your first votes. you are being called what's part of the hell no caucus. my apologies for the language there but it wasn't mine. it's a cover story. do you accept that idea that that's the -- that's what your role is going to be in the republican conference? >> i don't think that'll be my role in the republican conference. but i think that the congress as a whole may need to say hell no to barack obama a little bit more. frankly i wish we might have had people here in 2009 and 2010 who were saying that as obama care was passed, as t
. and this is turned that upside down. i think the obama administration just needs to go back and rewrite their exemptions here. and that would solve this problem. this could be handled administratively. so far the obama administration, president obama's administration has no desire to do that. that's why we're in court. bill: i understand you're looking for delay on this, but meantime us does the company pay the fine? >> they don't have to until the fine is assessed. i used to work with treasury. the question will be when will the actual fine be assessed against the company. that's where i think the department of justice and the department of labor should hold back and wait until the cases are adjudicated. bill: which reached -- >> most of the cases go in our favor, i understand the point you're making on that. we'll see whether or not this goes the same route. we reached out to the company. we hope to get the ceo on here real soon. jay, thank you for your time. >> thanks, bill. martha: well to colorado now. there are chaling details about the movie theater massacre that james holmes pla
and needs to be paired down. he is prepared to do the dismantling obama wanted to do never admitted he wanted to do but would be carried out in a second term. >> when discussing iran he said describing hagel as being soft is an under statement. what's going on with us today? >> still looking at more heavy rain associated with the storm system across texas and louisiana and mississippi valley. eventually some of the rain will head to the great lakes and the northeast by the end of this workweek. that is something to look forward to. it is because it is so mild out there. 41 in new york city. 50s in memphis. because it is so mild that's why you are not lacking at any storm system. rain is coming down over southeast louisiana and new oren leans. take a lookal dallas and austin. shadeings of yellow, orange even red those are very heavy rainfall rates. you are looking at dangerous conditions on the road throughout the morning hours. 4 inches of rain flash flood ago concern across the state of louisiana, arkansas and eastern texas ov the next couple days. >>> now to stories you can bank on t
. we need to close the gun show loophole. there are certain things the obama administration could do on the mental health front and enforcing existing laws when it comes to tracking guns through the computer system, that was set up we have to come together. i think it's one of those enough is enough moments. >>> don't miss "the ed show" weeknights at 8:00 eastern on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> as president obama prepares for a visit by afghan president hamid karzai, the white house said for the first time it's possible that no american troops will remain in afghanistan after 2014. a so-called zero option that would remove all u.s. troops by the end of next year would be be considered according to deputy security adviser benjamin rhodes. "the washington posts" some are pushing for and arguing that a smaller force would be the best way to end the costly unpopular war. >>> a military judge has refused to toss out charges against army private bradley manning who is accused of providing classified documents to wikileaks, but she is reducing any prison sentence that he may receive.
in afghanistan. >> the pentagon said thousands of troops may be needed beyond 2014 to contain al qaeda who currently has 66,000 troops there. all of this comes with president obama scheduled to meet with hamid karzai friday at the white house. karzai is in washington and will meet with a group of senators including mitch mcconnell. joining us is retired four-star ynl and vote vets.org who served twice in i wack. thank you very much for joining us. general, i will start off with you. many intricate or believe that the president's choice in john kerry and check hagel indicate withdrawing more troops and leaving far fewer in that country and as we move forward with other possible conflicts. >> i hope so. i think both are vietnam vets and wounded in action. they have a very realistic view on the limitations of military power. this is going to be important. president obama is not going to get much out of karzai from a strictly military perspective and maybe 30,000 troops is the right answer for air power and counter terrorism and intelligence support in afghanistan. i don't think that's going t
two views of that option-- one the obama administration says it may consider. >> ifill: ray suarez has the story of playful robots given a very serious mission: helping people with special needs from elderly adults to autistic children. >> this kind of a tool might be an interesting way to bridge the gap, pull ch
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dealers to run background checks on bayers at gun shows. and i would like president obama to increase federal funding for mental health treatment for all americans who need it. i think that's the right direction for america. and my guest last night, right wing radio show host, alex jones, couldn't disagree more. listen to this. >> when we have our guns, they can have their world tyranny. while the government buys bullets, predator drones armed now in u.s. skies, being used to arrest people in north dakota, the second amendment isn't there for duck hunting. it's there to protect us tyrannical government and street thugs >> i want to dig deeper now. joining me is nick kristof welcome to you both. let me start with you. what was your overall reaction to that extraordinary exchange with alex jones last night? >> i mean, as somebody who favors more gun control, i really hope that alex jones does more tv, because, you know, look, you've been quite articulate in making the case for gun control. alex jones was so much more persuasive, i think, for your average middle america in making the cas
'd like president obama to increase federal funding for mental health treatment for all americans who need it. i think that's the right direction for america. and my guest last night, right-wing radio show host alex jones, couldn't have disagreed more. listen to this. >> when they get our guns, they can have their world tyranny while the government buys 1.6 billion bullets, armored vehicles, tanks, helicopters, predator drones, armed, now in u.s. skies, being used to arrest people in north dakota. the second amendment isn't there for duck hunting. it's there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs. >> that interview, which was really more of a rant by alex jones, got a lot more heated. in fact, it was hard to get a straight answer out of him at all. but tonight i want to dig deeper into some of the important issues that were drowned out in all his yelling. joining me now is "new york times" columnist nick christoph and mark potok of the southern poverty law center. nick, let me start with you. what was your overall reaction to that extraordinary exchange with alex jones l
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we have a problem, mr. president with all due respect. it's clear the obama administration is spending an enormous amount of one agency that specializes on n. abortion. this in a time when the national debt is crushing the american people. so that's wrong on many levels. we need a congressional investigation into the funding of planned parenthood. since the senate is controlled by democrats, we don't expect that body to cooperate in any investigation. we are asking members of the house to take a hard look at what could be, what could be a gross violation of federal law. we will let you know what congress people step up and agree to do that. and that's the memo. top story tonight opposing point of view with us christina page author of the book how the pro-choice movement saved america? so where am i going wrong here, ms. page? >> you are going wrong on accounting. you are going wrong the -- your assumptions of where this money is being spent. planned parenthood is a healthcare provider. a leading healthcare provider and provides primary healthcare services to millions of ame
to figure out how big it would need to be. >> solid platinum 747 aircraft to have $1 trillion worth of platinum. >> reporter: some suggest it's a political ploy. >> we should have known a coin was obama's solution to everything. it was right there in his slogan, "change." >> reporter: the next big political battle will most certainly be whose face gets to be on it. obama? boehner? or maybe bieber. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. >>> that is our broadcast on a tuesday night. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> right now at 6:00, who is the man behind the barge? new details about the tanker crash at the bay bridge and the pil pilot's checkered history. >> reporter: and in san jose we may soon see more curbside dining outside. i'll tell you why it may cost the city nothing. >>> surgery suspended the problem left in the east bay hospital scrambling this afternoon. >>> good evening and thanks for joining us. i'
to then american flag. what is on the snead obama? boehner? i'll tell what you it should be the charmin bears because when you pull an idea like this out of your ass, you're going to need something soft. [ laughter ] besides, it doesn't matter, all of this means nothing because a one trillion dollar coin doesn't solve anything. our nation's debt is $16 trillion. we can't make a $16 trillion coin. that's just silly. we'll be right back. everybody. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] folks in just a few minutes my guest will be jimmy wales, founder of wikipedia, the gigantic free online encyclopedia that invites users to write and edit all the articles. it's that feature that allowed me to rally my viewers back in 2006 to save a majestic creature from the threat of extinction. find the page on elephants and create an entry that says the number of elephants has tripled in the last six months. folks, you responded to valently that wikipedia locked the page and to this day it remains semi protected until march 2014. which means thanks to you, wikipedia's elephant page has more protection than
, republicans, i get -- i get that you're the party of limited government. but we're not talking about obama care here. this is two paragraphs giving aid to people in need, and you still couldn't bring yourselves to vote for it because of some stupid principle that you yourselves only occasionally live by. here's the thing. if you can't vote for this, then we're [ bleep ] for the next two years. i'm not saying you are responsible for all the problems facing our country, but you sure are making them harder to fix. >> steve palazzo, one of the no votes on sandy relief, tried to get funding for his own state after hurricane katrina. turns out he's got company. think progress put together a list of 37 house republicans who voted against sandy funding but who have in the past supported federal disaster funds for their home states. >>> a new ppp poll asked people to compare congress with some other realities of american life. the good news is here are a few things congress beat out in terms of popularity. playground bullies, meth labs, and lindsay lohan. anyway, the bad side, congress came out les
saying, there are a million ways to try and get at this problem. the president -- we need to begin. >> obama: we're not going to get this done unless the american people decide it's important. and so this is not going to be simply a matter of me spending political capital. one of the things that you learn now having been in this office for four years is the old adage of abraham lincoln. with public opinion there's nothing you can't do and without public opinion there's very little you can get done in this town. so i'm going to be putting forward a package and i'm going to be putting my full weight behind it. >> stephanie: yeah. if you saw the movie "lincoln," that's what everybody told him. this is not possible. the -- i'm blanking on the whatever. you know what i'm saying. >> abolishing slavery. >> stephanie: what he wanted to do legislatively at the same time the war was going on. he did get it done. i think when you have people as powerful as gabby giffords and general mcchrystal making a lot of the same points, i'm hoping it will become like gay rights. it is not a partisan iss
a single troop there? >> i think president obama offered a strategic partnership to afghanistan back in 2009 when he authorized the troops. i think they need to know we are partners whether it's a certain number or amount of money or whatever, i think it's the idea that we are their ally and partner. we'll thereby to help them navigate. >> neil: you first arrived in 2002. you are a great student of history. that is what is really masterful in this book. so we have done our duty and we have done all we can do and time to go? >> it's partly our duty and partly our american strategic interests. when we arrived in 2002, afghanistan had already been torn by 23 years of war. the society was turned upside-down. i don't think we understood it. until we understood it we couldn't appreciate it the complexity and damage and things that were going on inside afghanistan. i think we were way too superficial in the way we dealt with the problem. over time we appreciate it better but now, it's now 34 years that they have essentially had war in their territory. they are trying to get moving in the ri
to be senator feinstein's bill. i certainly hope so. we need to close the gun show loophole. there are certain things the obama administration could do on the mental health front and on enforcing existing laws when it comes to tracking guns through the computer system that was set up. we have to come together. i think it is one of those enough is enough moments. it's one of those pivotal moments. i believe it is happening. but i do want to say to the viewers, it's really up to you, because it's going to take courage for certain colleagues to step up to the plate. and we have to make sure people know that if they do the right thing, it will be noticed, and it will be rewarded by support. >> senator boxer, thank you for your leadership on this. i appreciate your time. >> thanks. >> on "the ed show." thank you so much. share your thoughts with us on twitter and facebook. we always want to know what you think. >>> coming up, gun clubs claim they're training hundreds of teachers to carry guns in schools. but are they telling the truth? we've got the facts about firearms and safety of students, next
: it is a great point. rick, isn't the real perpetrator here, the need to fill prisons for the prison industrial complex. >> apparently. i have been completely befuddled by the obama administration's approach to this. i've always really wanted to know what are the politics that we're not seeing that led them to go after all of the dispensaries in california. >> john: let's assume it was re-election. >> i don't believe it was. >> john: now that he's got the gig, he suggested he would revisit american drug policy in his second term. do you think there is any chance a sane approach will be taken? >> no. because there are so many other things that will be on his agenda. he's not getting to this. but that does not explain why -- he made the statement at the beginning, this was not a big deal to him. he was going to leave it alone. i was in california. you were in california. they went right after this. i want to know why. there is an answer to this. we've never found out what it is. >> john: if you believe in state's rights but still support the drug war you must be high. i need to have some positive
for republicans who are anxious to see obama get serious about budget cuts. one -- juan williams joining us now. we need somebody who walks down the middle of the road. jack lu is pretty close to that. >> he is known to be a really low-key nonpartisan in many ways. his history is on the democratic side. they went on to work for president clinton ahead of omp. the reason that i think people like eric cantor, the house majority leader, seem absolutely welcoming of jack lu is they think they can do with him in terms of making major cuts of entitlement spending in this country. his experience in washington goes back to working with what was then called a green span commission on cutting away at government spending. he is part of this. jack lu maybe the surprise supporter for republicans going into this position. tracy: arguably save president obama's presidency if it all works out in the end. what did you think about timothy gardner? did you think he was not willing enough to compromise? >> he became the bad guy. he was sent over there -- and he burned bridges, it did not matter. i think you will g
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be able to say no to barack obama a little bit more. >> genius. say hello to the president. what could possibly go wrong? good plan, mr. colt ton. . >> i don't think what washington needs is more compromise. i think what washington needs is more common sense and more principle. >> yeah, sure. why compromise? washington is working so well without it. let's just keep doing what we're doing. i mean, why on earth would a republican want to compromise you? what good can compromise do for a politician. now, let's be clear. chris christie is a conservative republican. i disagree with them on issue after issue. but on some things, he's showing a willingness to compromise and from the public's reaction, you can tell that's what citizens want. and we also just had a little thing called an election. remember that? you know, when just over a month ago, the country rejected republican ideology. but the gop hasn't learned a thing. they're threatening a government shultdown. voting against disaster relief, pushing radical anti-abortion measures. they might actually be funny if they weren't so contemp
? judy woodruff gets two views of that option-- one the obama administration says it may consider. >> ifill: ray suarez has the story of playful robots given a very serious mission: helping people with special needs from elderly adults to autistic children. >> this kind of a tool might be an interesting way to bridge the gap, pull the child, if you will, from the world of objects and the focus on objects over to the world of humans. >> brown: we update the outbreak of the flu, as the number of cases has surged to record levels in some states. >> ifill: and we close with a look at the baseball hall of fame, which denied entry to three steroid-tainted stars today. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: a major new study released today concludes that one in eight american tee
and missouri in their times of need. now i trust they will stand with us. president >> obama on sunday signed a $9 billion aid bill for hurricane sandy flood relief programs. next tuesday the house is expected to vote on another bill with an additional $17 billion of aid and an amendment offering another $33.7 billion that would fund longer-term projects. you can see the speech at c- span.org and, as always, the house is live on c-span. >> tomorrow, the national governors' association will deliver the state of the state address. it will hear from the chair, the governor jack markell of delaware, and the vice chair. live coverage at 10:00 a.m. eastern. on c-span 2, a conversation on the future of afghanistan. that begins live at 10:00 eastern from the atlantic council. now, a hearing of nasa's mission looking at their strategic plans, robotic space flights, and private-public partnership. this house science and technology committee hearing is to end a half hours. -- two and a half hours. >> i recommend myself for five minutes or so for an opening statement. i want to recognize some of our coll
for obama. stuart: wait a second, wait a second, are young people just not-- just don't understand they need a job when they're out of college and that this administration isn't going it give them one? or is this generation saying, i'm going to vote for the guy who's going to forgive my student debt? is that it? >> no, well, the thing is we need to be articulating that message of course they want a job. young people don't want to be moving back into their parent's basements after college. they're going to college to get a job. the thing was romney wasn't articulating on college campuses, he was never on college campuses attacking obama on this stuff. like he should have been on college campuses. if obama is going to be on college campuses talking how you can stay on your parents health care plan until you're 26. romney should say if you're on your parent's plan until you're 26 you're going to be unemployed or underemployed because obamacare incentivizes businesses or requires businesses to provide health insurance for their employees. stuart: my original questions, do you think that the g.o.
by president obama's 2012 campaign comments supporting an all-of the-above agenda on energy and his statements outlining specific support for oil and natural gas production. we need more energy ever all times. even as we dramatically expand renubility energy sources and increase energy fossil fuels continue to have an important role to play. not only does natural gas have an increase role in electrician generation it provides the raw materials to manufacture wind turbine, and solar panel. it's a backup power. a future of abundant domestic energy is already being made real through today's oil and natural gas industry investments. in cutting edge technology, to our resources previously thought unreachable. with unconventional resources soon expected to produce the majority of american's energy we may soon be calling them very conventional. shale energy development has been a game changer for communities, the economy, and even our environment as increased use of natural gas has reduced co2 emissions in the united states to 1992 levels. since 1990, the industry has invested more than $252 billion
the killings in newtown. >> we need to accept the reality that we're not doing enough to protect our citizens. >> jim acosta joins us now along with sanjay gupta. jim, a majority of both houses of congress supported obama care. how was it possible that this was a surprise to the people who introduced the bill and the people who voted for it? >> anderson, i talked to a number of congressional sources, sources over at the white house, advocacy groups. and i would have to say, some of them did know about this before it was passed, but it came very late in the game. here's the situation with the passage of the health care law. essentially, any part of this bill, had it been pulled out in the last stages of the legislative process, could have brought the whole thing down. so whether it was this gun control part, if that had been pulled out, i've been told by a couple of democratic sources, you know, some moderate democratic senators could have walked away from this bill at the last second. so they were just very, very afraid that any provision, had it been yanked out at the last second, could have
. this, as the obama administration plans its final exit strategy from the decade-long conflict. the pentagon does not support the option, though, to pull out all american troops from afghanistan, saying some soldiers need to stay and tamp down al qaeda. new images this morning of american robert levinson kidnapped in iran in 2007 during a business trip. the photos were sent to the former fbi agent's family back in 2011. they released them on tuesday. in them, he is dressed like a prisoner at guantanamo bay. iranian officials have denied knowing anything about levinson's disappearance, a claim that u.s. officials doubt. >>> a nightmare for boeing amid safety woes for the company's much anticipated dreamliner. nbc's ron mott has more from logan international airport in boston. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. double trouble for japan airlines and boeing over the past 48 hours here at logan as both companies investigate exactly what went wrong. two days in a row at boston's logan airport, a japan airline's jet has landed in the news. on tuesday, a new 787 full of pa
, and elsewhere. we were encouraged by president obama's 2012 campaign comments supporting and all of the above agenda on energy. and his statements outlining specific support for oil and natural gas production. we need more energy of all typ types. even if we dramatically expand renewable energy sources and increase our energy efficiency, fossil fuels will continue to have an important role to play. that only does natural gas have been increasingly important role in electricity generation, it provides the raw materials needed to manufacture wind turbines, solar panels. it is essential as a backup our do intermittent electricity sources. a future of abundant domestic energy is already being made real through today's oil and natural gas industry investmen investments. in cutting-edge technologies to access resources, previously thought unreachable. with unconventional resources to expected to produce the majority of america's energy, we may soon be calling them the very conventional. shale energy development has been a game changer for years in the economy, and even our environment. as increased
obama doesn't even talk about it any time the president comes to congress and asks for additional debt benefit on the backs of our children and grandchildren, we need to have the debate. it should go on and on and on until we resolve the issues. >> you are around for one hour and 40 minute with us this morning. >> a lot of people don't understand the details of the debt ceiling. but i do think we have to really understand like long-term and short-term implications. we will pick your brain all morning. nice to have you with us. we'll take a break. ahead, we'll talk about what espn is saying. an apology for what brent mussberger said. is that apology enough? back after this. >>> welcome back, everybody. you're watching "starting point", wisconsin senator ron johnson has agreed to be on our panel. and jen psaki, traveling secretary for president obama's re-election campaign. ryan lizza. long time, no see, man. how do we feel about this apology from brent mussberger. they say his comments yesterday during monday night's bcs championship game were inappropriate and they apologize and he und
.s. troop withdrawals from afghanistan with the zero option very much on the table. meaning the obama administration would not leave any american troops in afghanistan after the end of next year. this would be at odds with the pentagon view, perhaps thousands, maybe tens of thoses of troops are needed to contain al qaeda and remain in the country. the sticking point seems to be the issue of immunity. the u.s. demanding that any american troops that remain in afghanistan after the combat mission ends be granted immunity from prosecution under afghan law. to date president karzai, currently in washington, has resisted this. joining us now, ambassador john bolton, former u.n. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor. so, ambassador bolton, president karzai says this, give us a good army, a good air force and the capability to project afghan interests in the region and then, only then will you get your immunity. what do you think about that? >> well i think that is a losing proposition for hamid karzai. it's a losing proposition for is too. look, this legal question of immunity may
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